Why I am a 7th trumpet rapture-ist and maybe you should be too!
I really can’t blame you if the above statement leaves you feeling empty. I have never heard anyone else ever say they were a “7th trumpet rapture-ist”… mostly because I created the title myself just few years ago. Long ago, however, I left the more familiar titles of “pre-trib”, “post trib”, “mid trib”, “no trib”, etc. knowing that they weren’t accurate enough or Biblical enough. Maybe you have had similar thoughts.
Let me explain.
In the book of Revelation there are a series of 21 judgments to be unleashed on the earth in the Last Days. You may have heard before of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. These are the first four judgments in the series of 21. There are 7 seals, 7 trumpets and, finally, 7 bowls of judgments, progressively getting more and more intensive. This is why Jesus said that the end times would be like “birth pangs”, growing in intensity and frequency like a woman birthing a newborn.
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Mtt 24:7-8)
If you read the book of Revelation as consecutive judgments (chs. 6-19) – which I believe is the accurate way – you will see that there is something extra special about the last trumpet! The book actually takes 2 chapters to describe it (10-11).
This is the same trumpet that the apostle Paul wrote of:
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (I Cor 15: 52-52)
What Paul knew prophetically by the Spirit, John wrote about and explained in the book of Revelation many years later. Jesus Himself started this “last trumpet rapture” idea when He wrote :
“And He [the Son of Man] will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” (Mtt 24:31)
Paul said that at the “last trumpet” the dead will be raised imperishable and will be changed. Jesus declared that “at the trumpet call” He will send out His angels to gather in the elect.
Now I want to turn to what the apostle John wrote in the last book in your Bible. We pick up the text just after the sounding of the 6th trumpet, where 1/3 of mankind is wiped out by the three plagues of fire, smoke and brimstone. (Rev 9:13-19)
Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them… and said, “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as He announced to His servants the prophets.” (Rev 10:5-7)
Here we read of God “setting up” the blowing of the last trumpet, the 7th. After this blowing there will be “no more delay” and “the mystery of God is finished” (NASB) as He had earlier told His prophets.
Paul, above, wrote of this mystery. Here it is again for your confirmation:
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; (I Cor 15:51)
If you read carefully the prophets, in particular Isaiah, Daniel, and Zechariah, you will again and again see how God announced this event to His special servants.
Finally I want to get you to the actual blowing of the last trumpet, which you know by now is the 7th trumpet:
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” (Rev 11:15-18)
At the sounding of the 7th trumpet, the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of God and Christ. God takes His mighty power and begins to reign. The nations were enraged against Him but His physical presence (in the form of Jesus) overcame them (Zech 14). At the 7th trumpet, the dead are judged and the saints are rewarded and those who destroy the earth (Antichrist and his armies) are themselves destroyed.
This is the 7th trumpet rapture! It is not the well-known pre-trib. or post-trib. or pre-wrath rapture. This is the last trumpet rapture. It is here in Rev 11. It is not spelled out directly as a rapture but piecing together all the truth of the Scriptures one can see the red thread.
At the 7th trumpet, the saints of all-time will rise to meet Jesus in the air as He makes His long-awaited return to earth. Jesus was told by His Father to “sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” (Ps 110) Rev. 11 is the moment that Jesus stands up and prepares to battle His enemies. Please notice that He only comes down once to deal with His enemies. There is no secret rapture or two Second Comings.
The saints and angels ride side by side, clothed in white, as part of the army of the Lord, warriors of the King of Kings. (Rev 19) The sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus destroys all those who were destroying the earth. The beast and the false prophet are thrown alive into the lake of fire and Jesus begins His physical reign on earth!